Noteworthy Google Announcements at I/O 2014

by Joe on July 22, 2014 in News

Google Announcements at I/O 2014

SUMMER means season of developer conference. It’s blessed time for world’s largest technology companies to roll out their new operating systems, products, and services to throngs of developers and also consumers. First was Microsoft Build, then Apple’s WWDC, and recently the last big bash of the season, Google I/O completed in San Francisco.

This time the big shots at Google took the stage to jump on every device you use whether it is your wrist, your car, your TV, your laptop, or even into your workplace. I think Google is going to connect more and more to your physical life.

We expected biggest news from Google, and guys we get. Some announcements really took us by surprise and run out differently than expected.

  • Missed Google I/O 2014 keynote?
  • Don’t worry, we have condensed all the best bits, below.
  • Let’s dive deep into main goodness Google has for all this year.

Material Design – An Element of Depth

If you’re a keen Android user, your phone’s operating system is about to look totally different in the next few months; during the inaugural the keynote demonstrating conference, Matias Duarte – Director of Android User Experience presented their revolutionary new version Android L release with a new design language – dubbed as Material Design, that comes with some depth and snazzy features.

It supports for 64 bit, and has an improved notifications system that will interact users with their applications in effective ways without launching the app.

This is aesthetic tweak from Google. The new design language has a sleek, neat, dramatic colorful interface and polished animations that make the user experience coherent across all Android devices – mobiles, Smartwatch, tablets and Chromebooks.

Looking very cohesive and thoughtful, the Material features depth by layering elements and it’s initiative gives developers the framework to render everything with the right perspective and courtesy of virtual light sources. It has all things, we’ve come to expect as developer and users today.

This modern system solves out many design problems that designers faces, particularly animation and touch gestures are main area of app design. With Polymer toolkit and open-sourced framework, the Material Design enables developer to fetch tangibility, bold graphics and animation to app on the web, all at 60fps. Its make way very easy for developers to build responsive websites with its predefined and customizable building blocks.

Google reps stated that it inspired from paper and ink to reach the textured and shadowed look in Android L. Really, Google has stepped forward its design game, standardizing and making the UI and UX much better across their app ecosystem.

The new Android OS’s other feature consists of notifications on the lock screen, owner detection lock to unlock your device without a passcode plus better power consumption and battery monitoring, including Battery Historian. Google also stated that L will help to run apps twice as fast as another.

Overall it makes the Android experience more interactive and visually admirable. I feel so proud of the team!

Android Comes to Chrome OS

Afterward, on stage Google reps emphasized a handful new features for Chromebooks that are designed to bridge Android more closely with Chrome OS. That means, now the Google’s Chrome OS gets proximity to access the Android apps. Chromebook will now natively support Android apps. Most interestingly, its enhanced notifications system will appear on both devices, so whenever you are working on your Chromebook and your smartphone’s battery about to die, a notification will pop up on your Chrome desktop.

Sundar Pichai, senior vice president Android and Chrome counseled that this feature is still in its early stage and not cleared when this will be available. On stage, he also demonstrated how the Android version of Evernote look like on Chromebook.

SDK for Android Wear

On stage, Google finally showcased a bit more about its already demonstrated – Android Wear. We all knew about Android Wear for a while now, but announcing new set of Android Wear APIs and SDK, Sundar Pichai make developers feel surprised at Google I/O. Its smart wearable platform build to dominate the smartwatch market.

Till now, it was allowing developers to only build push notifications to Android Wear smartwatches , but now it will let to create their own custom apps. This new SDK will allow to get access to voice actions, that will create potentiality for developers to create more voice-based apps. The Android Wear devices will give users turn-by-turn directions easily.

Also, the two new smartwatches – Samsung Gear Live and LG G watch released during gadget-gifting of the conference. Still the long-awaited health and exercise monitoring tool, Google Fit has announced as an answer of Apple’s Healthkit. This tool works with Android wear and mobile devices to obtain healthcare and environmental data. And another pretty big reveal is Android Auto APIs that bring your app experience to the car. It’s really pretty sweet.

Android on Your TV

As expected, once again Google tries to win living room with Android TV. Yes! Google has taken the wraps off new software Android TV – a successor to the ill-fated Google TV. It rely on Material Design to offer a new, familiar user interface for couch-friendly experience. Android TV will bring music, games, apps, movies, and TV shows on the big screen. It might be one of the next year’s smart TVs. Amazingly, this platform gives easy searching and also supports voice activation, so you can tell your TV what you want to see. Even users can connect different Android devices to their TV to act as controllers.

Expanded Google Cloud Platform

As continuing its expansion in the cloud business, the Google unwrapped a successor to MapReduce – called Cloud Dataflow that simplifies the process of creating data pipelines for data storage, compute and analyze data in batch and streaming modes. Based on Flume and MillWheel technologies, this new technology makes things simple to get actionable insights from data at small operational costs without any hassle of maintaining or scaling infrastructure.

Innovative & Time Saving Developer Tools

At the I/O event, Google also announced the launch of some Google Cloud Platform tools, aimed to allow developers empathize, diagnose, and improve their productivity. These tools are:

Google Cloud Monitoring – Integrated from Stackdriver acquisition , Cloud Monitoring tool provides service-level metrics and dashboards, with custom alerts to fix unusual behavior before they affect users. Also provides information on popular open source apps like Elasticsearch, MongoDB, Nginx, Apache and Redis.

Cloud Trace – It presents a useful visualization of time that developer takes for their application on request processing. Additionally, as developer, you can compare performance between various releases of applications through latency distributions.

Cloud Debugger – As name suggests, this tool is used to debug your applications effectively in production without any performance overhead. It delivers a stack trace and snapshots of all local variables for any watch point set in the code.

Cloud Save – Another new reveal from Google at the conference was Cloud Save API that lets users to save and retrieve per user information in the cloud, there is no need of server-side coding. It synchronizes data between devices with an app and helps users to record walks and share the information with friends.

All these new tools helps developers to be cognizant about what’s going on within the applications that reside on Google Cloud. Those give a big boost to the cloud development and allow developers to maximize their productivity.

Get Your Apps in Markets with Android One

Google also demonstrated a new initiative – Android One! This is big and Google is aimed it to bring high quality affordable devices to developing countries like India. Google is already working on one phone teaming with Micromax. This is alleviate reveal for app developers and publishers who keen to widen their apps’ global reach.

Acquire Mobile Testing Platform

In order to accelerate momentum and help developers differentiate their apps, Google Play manager Ellie Powers has made an announcement of acquisition with Appurify. That’s becomes beneficial for developers to automate their cross-platform testing and makes way easy to get a big boost in distribution their apps and engage new users. Sounds good for developer! The testing services will slot in a variety of Google development tools such as Google Cloud Messaging and Android Studio.

Google Shows What Android Did Over the Years

After the kicking into the I/O’s main announcements, we would like to call your attention to a slide showing Android’s Innovation over the years. This slide might be put up as a little jab at iOS 8, because Apple’s Tim Cook wounded Google during the WWDC earlier this month stating, “Android dominates the market in malware.” So it may be Google’s answer to Apple. But it is good thing to look how Android has been rapidly paced up over the years. The innovation Android very very fast.

And that’s it. Material Design, Android Auto and Android TV were the stars of this years developer conference of Google. Just like a apple’s last month event, Google might be failed to grab attention of its non-geek audience; as this year it focused to persuade developers with revealing best tools for money making from apps.

It’s been a doozy of a day. Stay tuned to our Persquaremedia blog for the latest news and in-depth coverage on the app ecosystem.

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